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English: Flinders Petrie c. 1886 Deutsch: der ...

English: Flinders Petrie c. 1886 Deutsch: der Archäologe Flinders Petrie um das Jahr 1886 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What Does History Teach Us? That Auspicious Histories Confirmed the Globalization of Colonial Power

“If history teaches any lesson with clearness it is this—that conquest, to be permanent, must be accompanied with extermination, otherwise in the fullness of time the natives expel or absorb the conquerors. The Saxon conquest of England was permanent; of the Norman Conquest there remains scarcely a trace. The Huns and the Franks founded permanent empires in Europe; the Roman Empire, and that of the Saracens in Spain, soon tumbled into ruins. It is highly improbable, therefore, that the British will retain their hold on their Old World dependencies. A handful of aliens cannot forever keep in subjugation large and increasing races that yearly become more intelligent and insistent in their demands for self-government. But no probable conjunction of circumstances can be thought of that will uproot the Anglo-Saxons from their wide possession in the New World. The wars of extermination are ceasing with the spread of civilization. We have ransacked the world, and now know every important disease. Diseases cannot come to us as they came to our forefathers and to the Red Indians, like visitations from on high. All the diseases that are capable of travelling have very nearly reached their limits; the rest we are able to check. Even in the unlikely event of a new disease arising, it would affect other races equally. Canada and Australasia, like the United States, may separate from the parent stem, but the race will persist. If ever a New Zealander broods over the ruins of London, he will be of British descent.”–G. Archdall Reid

SOURCE: W. M. Flinders Petrie, et al., excerpt “The Triumph of Race Why One Nation Conquers Another” by Dr. G. Archdall Reid. The Book of History, A History of all Nations Volume I (of 18), Man And The Universe,  New York: The Grolier Society, p. 309.

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